Nam Thi Nguyen of Gardena, CA passed away peacefully amongst family and dear friends on April 12, 2015. She was 81. After emigrating with her family from her native Vietnam, Nam became an active parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. For 38 years, Nam lent a helping hand to the Church wherever possible – from creating flower arrangements to contributing her beloved spring rolls to the annual Fiesta. Never without a kind word or smile, she was exalted by her affiliation with the Secular Franciscan Order, St. Clare Fraternity, and her life lived in prayer, service, and humility, as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ. Her greatest joy was to spend time with her family and friends, whose love was deep in return, but was in no comparison to what she had shown others during her lifetime. Nam is survived by her five children and ten grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. A memorial Mass and rosary will be held at St. Anthony of Padua on Wednesday, April 22 at 6pm and funeral Mass on Thursday, April 23 at 12pm. Her final place of rest will be at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Flowers can be sent to Lighthouse Memorial in Gardena, or donations in Nam's honor can be offered directly to Little Sisters of the Poor, San Pedro.

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